The idea of shoreline trails along the Columbia River has been a dream shared by many in our community for decades.
When Chelan County PUD completed the five-mile trail system along the Wenatchee riverfront in 1990, our valley came alive with a new focus and appreciation for the river. The parks and trails have added much to our quality of living.
The Douglas County side of the trail was opened in October 1994, completing the 10-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail, the longest loop trail in Washington State. The west side of the trail features a state-of-the-art urban waterfront park system, complemented by the rich diversity of natural habitat offered by the east-side trail.
Since completion in 1994, the Loop Trail has become a major transportation corridor that serves thousands of commuter and recreational trail users each year. The trail can at times be busy with cyclists, walkers, joggers, and skaters. In the winter months, cross-country skiers and snowshoers also share the trail.
Regardless of your trail activities, your trip will be safer and more enjoyable for all if you observe trail etiquette.
The Loop Trail Advisory Committee (Loop T.A.C.) was formed to allow the independent managing agencies to manage the Loop Trail cooperatively and consistently. All managing agencies are represented through the Loop T.A.C., which also includes representatives from local law enforcement agencies, the Wenatchee Reclamation District, two “Special Interest Organization” representatives and two “Special Perspective/Trail User at Large” representatives.
The Loop Trail currently involves six managing agencies. For more information regarding the Loop Trail you may contact the following:
Chelan County PUD
Eastmont Metropolitan Parks & Recreation
City of East Wenatchee
Washington State Parks - Eastern Region office
Washington State Department of Transportation
City of Wenatchee Parks and Recreation